Best Motorcycles of 2016
The fall beckons riders to come out and explore Florida’s scenic roads on their bikes. With cooler, less humid temperatures, sightseeing is more comfortable. You can select beautiful rides up and down the coastline or go for a curvy, wooded ride on less crowded backroads.
“If you are in the market for a new motorcycle this is a tempting time of year to make a purchase,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent motorcycle insurance agency.
In the event that you are looking for a new ride or just an enthusiast, each year Motorcyclist, complies a list of their top picks in motorcycles. Winners are based on the quality and performance of hardware, technological advancements, shifts in the industry, new genres of bikes, products and companies, as well as motorcycling as a whole. Below is their list of 2016 winners.
Motorcycle of the Year-Triumph Street Twin
A successful redesign has updated this bike making it modern while maintaining its authenticity. This is also a top pick from Popular Mechanics for its stronger engine and improved chassis. A wonderful entry level street bike with an affordable price of $8,700 fully equipped. Light and agile making it easy to manage.
The Yamaha was, “Picked for its sweet handling and ease of ride.” While it might not be the most powerful, Motorcyclist calls it a, “technological marvel” with the most advanced electronics available. The Yamaha is easy to ride, provides excellent handling, offers lots of adjustability, with an easy to use interface.
Notably a big bike, sporting a 35- inch seat height and weighing 593 pounds with a full tank. Despite the heavy weight, it offers good aerodynamics, light handing, impressive breaks and an electronically adjustable suspension. Also, a particularly excellent U-turn radius in the tightest of space.
Sport Touring Bike– BMW R1200RT
Luxury and comfort. The BMW has relaxing ergonomics, a big dashboard, an adjustable 32-inch high saddle, a low center of gravity and a slim mid-section making it easy to reach the pavement. Also included is an electronically adjustable windshield, suspension and power locks along with heated passenger accommodations.
Touring Bike-Indian Roadmaster
Motorcyclist notes the Roadmaster is defined by its, refined brakes and suspension. Not holding out on features, it also has a strong engine and classic American styling.
Best Cruiser-Harley Davidson Low Rider S
Also chosen as a top 2016 bike by Cycle World, “It has great brakes, a magnificently strong 110ci V-twin, ultra-fine-shifting six-speed gearbox, and rubber engine mounts that let that rich thump reach your body and soul in just the right amount.”
Best Bang for Your Buck– Yamaha F207
This is considered a great bike for beginners and experts. A good value with an MSRP$6,990. 400 pounds with a full tank, it has 66 horsepower and 45 pound-feet of torque.
“Getting a good deal on a bike certainly helps with replacement costs but it should never keep you from getting adequate motorcycle insurance,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance. “You want to protect your bike and also yourself.”
Other winners chosen by Motorcyclist include:
Naked Bike-KTM 1290 Super Duke R, for its volume of power.
Dual Sport-Husqvarna 701 Enduro, it adequately handles the dirt and street although a little heavy.
Dreambike– Honda RC213V-S, limited availability and a price tag of around $200,000 this 215 horsepower bike is just street legal.